Croton Mammy, commonly called the fire croton, is a tropical plant that's commonly used indoors as a houseplant. It features incredibly bright, colorful leaves, which are long, narrow and slightly spiraled. Highly variegated, the colors on croton mammy leaves are a combination of green, yellow, red, orange and dark purple. This exciting plant, which can grow to be three feet tall, can be a wonderful addition to your home or office. Proper care and maintenance will ensure its longevity and continued growth.
Since croton mammy is a tropical plant, it needs lots of bright sun. If there's an area in your home that receives five to six hours of sunlight per day, this will be the ideal location for your plant. If not, choose a location that receives filtered sunlight. Whatever you do, don't put your croton mammy in a shady spot — it will lose all of its wonderful color and drop the majority of its leaves.
Watering and Soil Requirements
Be sure to plant your croton mammy in well-drained soil. If necessary, amend your potting soil with peat moss or sand to improve drainage and nutrients. Feed your plant monthly with a diluted liquid fertilizer. Be sure not to overwater your croton, as it's susceptible to root rot if it sits too long in stagnant water. You should only water this plant when the soil is dry to the touch.
Planter Considerations and Ideas
When you buy your croton mammy, it's likely to be in a small pot. When you bring it home, you should transplant it into a larger pot so that it has plenty of room to grow. To start, choose a pot that is at least two inches wider in overall diameter. To make your croton mammy even more visually appealing, choose a planter with a bright or metallic finish.